The end of lectures in College Teaching
This is part of a presentation at the Harvard teacher
training seminar on 12. September 2006.
The original presentation included movie clips of lectures
which ranged from examples produced in the film to actual
lecture clips of calculus classes. The clips
served as a discussion basis on "the last minutes of a classroom".
On this page, I have only 5 sequence examples taken from actual movies.
The punch line of this presentation was:
it is often emphasised that the start of a lecture or the
first lecture in a course is important. It is true that the start is a
crucial moment like in a race. But also, as in sports, the start
alone does not make it. The finish is almost as important because the
last lecture, the last minutes of a lecture are kept also in the memory.
It can be as important as the beginning of the lecture. Since
teacher evaluations are done at the end of the course, the firework
at the beginning of the semester might have been forgotten and a
mediocre last lecture, or a weak end of a lecture can
much of the previous efforts.